Ethanol from Corn

Ethanol from Corn-Burning Money and Oil, is an article that is broken down into three important topics based on the production of corn-based ethanol. This article mentions that corn which is then added to petrol, thus making ethanol is popular because of its ability to burn efficiently and cleanly and as a fuel. The initial point of producing ethanol from corn is to lower greenhouse gas emissions, however it is doing the opposite and increasing the amount. Which leads to the environmental effects and food demands corn-based ethanol is creating, first by having a higher demand on corn in the market, this increases the price for corn therefore increasing the price for food. The production of large amounts of corn is depleting the soil and the equipment used to erode the soil uses fossil fuels, which defeats the purpose of lowering GHG by using corn-based ethanol. The article puts this point into more perspective by comparing the amount of miles a car travels a year to how much seven people would eat a year; “The average car travelling 10,000 miles a year on pure ethanol would need about 852 gallons of the corn-based fuel. This would take 11 acres to grow – the same amount of cropland required to feed seven people for a year. ” The article continues to discuss the debate between the corn producers and the demand the government has it for fuel. Overall, this article is more insightful on the issue of producing corn-based ethanol and its harmful consequences is poses.


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